Home » Trending Health News » It’s Winter Solstice: SAD and the Winter Blues Infographic

It’s Winter Solstice: SAD and the Winter Blues Infographic

December 21 will mark the 2016 winter solstice (or Yule). This annual astronomical phenomenon lands on the shortest day and the longest night of the year. To many the winter solstice is considered a “turning of the year”, which is often celebrated as daylight hours begin to increase. Basically, many who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or the winter blues see the winter solstice as the end of their doldrums and the upward rise to spring.

According to research from Psychology Today, roughly 15-percent (or 6-million) of Americans struggle through the dark and dreary winter months. Another 5-percent of those experience major depression every winter, know as SAD. Do you consider the winter solstice a turning point for celebration and a promise of spring to come?



We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat

  • Depression vs. Sadness: 12 Ways to Tell the Difference
    Everyone gets sad once in a while, and commonly the phrase "I feel depressed" is used to describe these temporary feelings of melancholy.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Tips for Preventing Holiday Burn Out
    Just like Santa’s sleigh, you can only take so many white Christmas pot lucks, and decking the halls soirees before you start to feel a tad burnt out.
    Trending Health News
  • Feeling the Comfort Food Crave?
    Have you ever wondered why, when the weather starts to dampen and a chill fills your bones why you crave starchy, heavy, fatty, surgery, cheesy, rich comfort foods as opposed to...
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Food Ingredients that are a Recipe For Depression
    There's been a lot of discussion lately about the gut/brain connection, and along the same lines, experts have already identified foods that could be making your depression worse.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Weird Body Responses to Cold Weather
    The planet was very hot for millions of years, and scientists are saying it's getting warmer again. So the question is...
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Reasons Behind Why Your Fingers Are Always Cold
    Winter is now descending across much of North America, and many people are rediscovering the parts of their body that get coldest fastest on a bitterly chilly day.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Winter Foods for Weight Loss
    Sure, it's winter. But that's no excuse to lock yourself up for hibernation with nothing but baked goods and creamy pastas to pass the time.
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Chilling Effects of Winter Weather on Your Health
     Some of us are summer lovers. Others prefer the chill of winter. However, there may be a good reason why many feel the need to escape to a tropical beach during a deep freeze in...
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Ways to Re-Energize in Late-Winter
    We all feel it—that slow, weaning drain on our energy levels in mid- to late-winter. It could be anything from medications, an underlying health issue, or just plain stress...
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Late Winter Hibernation Activities for the Kids
    It’s the end of March and it’s still snowing in many parts of North America. An easy way to keep the kids quiet would be to turn on the television.
    Trending Health News
  • Media Coverage Impacts Suicide Rate, Report Finds
    A new report finds that the media's sensationalization of suicide can lead people -- and especially teenagers -- to end their own lives.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Reasons Why Depression is Common During Our Early 20's
    Many of us remember our early 20’s with nostalgia. For most, this is our first shot at independence, moving out of the house for work or attending college or university away from...
    Trending Health News
  • The 8 Ways Diet Can Cause Depression
    Food has so many emotional triggers for human beings. For example, while eating a favorite meal can cause feelings of comfort and happiness—binge eating can cause feelings of...
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Ways Weather Influences Your Health
    We’ve all blamed the weather for things like depression, migraines, and maybe even an achy joint or four.
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Snow Shoveling Safety Tips
    Snow is great—if you’re a snowman! But then again snowmen don’t have to shovel when Jack Frost and Mother Nature conspire to drop a big heavy drift of snow on your driveway.
    Trending Health News